The question was asked and answered earlier: Is there anything to stop a Gold Tag person editing a tag to close any question they want? and the answer is "yes - only original tags on a question count for the dupe hammer".

I have a problem with that. A question such as this one is absolutely about Newtonian Mechanics - but OP only tagged it "rigid body dynamics". Had it been correctly tagged, I could have hammered it. As it is, I cannot - and the question lingers unnecessarily.

What does the community think - should the dupe hammer holder be permitted to edit in the tag, then close the question? It has a small potential for abuse - but a big potential for helping clean up the sites.

My preferred solution is not the one currently implemented. Would love to hear others' thoughts.

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    I think that if it's edited by someone else it can be dupe hammered as well. – Shadow The Vaccinated Wizard Jan 10 '17 at 7:27
  • @ShadowWizard - do you have a reference for that? Because the links in the answer above say "original tags" quite explicitly. But it's over two years old. For sure, when I tried tagging the question it didn't close... – Floris Jan 10 '17 at 7:29
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    Well the answer is not official, I'll try to test it soon and update here. – Shadow The Vaccinated Wizard Jan 10 '17 at 7:30
  • Find someone else to apply the correct tags, and then dupehammee it. That should work. – Glorfindel Jan 10 '17 at 7:40

No need to worry. The answer you found is wrong/misleading/outdated.

As proved in those revisions, if other user is retagging the question and adds a tag you have gold tag badge for, you will be able to dupe hammer it. (the linked question was originally posted only with tag for which I don't have gold badge, then someone changed it to where I do have).

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    "Outdated" is the right option. Originally only the original tags mattered. Then that was updated to use updated tags. – user315433 Jan 10 '17 at 8:21
  • Thanks @zaq, I tried to edit the outdated answer, though it looks bit weird now. – Shadow The Vaccinated Wizard Jan 10 '17 at 8:32
  • Thanks for the clarification. This is clearly better than the original state described in the linked answer, although it leaves unanswered my original discussion question: "should the behavior be changed?" so I can tag and close? I think the possibility of abuse is small. – Floris Jan 10 '17 at 12:58
  • @Floris no no, that would be too tempting. Will edit my answer soon. – Shadow The Vaccinated Wizard Jan 10 '17 at 13:00
  • Incidentally I have left a comment under the original question (for which the one where you edited the answer was a dupe) to get that updated... – Floris Jan 10 '17 at 13:04

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